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Veterans honored with picnic, benefit assistance

They span generations of military service, from World War II to the current Iraq war, but their one connection is their service to America.

"We want to honor our veterans and assist them with filing their claims (for benefits)," said Bob Freytag, commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 17, which held a picnic for veterans and active service members Saturday at Longwood Park.

October 25, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

As Lanier nears empty, lawmakers flood Capitol Hill with letters

A rarely unified Georgia congressional delegation continued to rattle its sabres on Capitol Hill, firing off letters to federal bureaucrats demanding swift action to stem the discharges from Buford Dam on Lake Lanier.

October 23, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Fla., Ala. continue watering outdoors

In Columbus, outdoor watering is banned, just as it is in Hall County. But across the river in Phenix City, Ala., outdoor watering continues.

The states of Alabama and Florida have not implemented regional water restrictions along the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola river basins. The distinction was noted in a letter Thursday to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

October 23, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

State may sue corps to save Lanier

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday that the state of Georgia will seek a court order this week requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restrict water flows from Lake Lanier and Georgia's federal reservoirs.

October 22, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Lanier Tech to help 'QuickStart' new plant

A German manufacturer of diesel engines will open a plant in Pendergrass to remanufacture engines for construction and agricultural machinery.

October 22, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Empty Bowls luncheon benefits food pantries

Some 400 pottery bowls were made by students from Gainesville High School and Brenau University for the Empty Bowls luncheon held Tuesday at First Baptist Church.

October 21, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Sad Seasons on Lanier: Money woes halt construction

The developer of Seasons on Lanier is not having a good financial season, according to information released by the firm's parent corporation. The news apparently has brought activity at the Gainesville development to a halt and left the company's future in doubt.

October 21, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Georgia: Save man over mussels

It's man against mussel in the halls of Congress.

In a rare show of bipartisan unity, Georgia's entire congressional delegation fired the latest salvo in the bureaucratic war over water in the drought-parched states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

October 21, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Hall planning commission to decide whether dirt roads are public

The Hall County Planning Commission grappled Monday night with the question of what is and isn't a road.

October 19, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

The doc is in: Gainesville ophthalmologist heads state medical group

On March 30, 1842, Crawford W. Long performed the first surgical operation using ether for general anesthesia. The patient, James Venable, felt no pain when he regained consciousness. Long's fee for the groundbreaking surgery was $2.

October 18, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Business

Miller named judge in Enotah Judicial Circuit

Murphy C. Miller, the son of former governor and U.S. Sen. Zell Miller, was named Tuesday to a new Superior Court judgeship in the Enotah Judicial Circuit.

October 14, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Local

Job fair attracts 731 hopefuls

They came wearing outfits ranging from business suits to baggy shorts. Some had an arm load of resumes, others had an arm full of tattoos. They ranged from the very young to those nearing retirement.

October 14, 2007 | Harris Blackwood | Business

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